Scientology measles ship back in Curaçao, which talks tough about quarantine - 2019-05-04
Scientology's floating cathedral the MV Freewinds arrived in Willemstad, Curaçao this morning after leaving St. Lucia Thursday, where the ship had been in quarantine because of a crew member with a confirmed case of measles. Officials in Curaçao said they would quarantine the vessel, board the ship, demand vaccination records of the crew and passengers, and vaccinate anyone who couldn't provide proof that they had already been immunized.
The plight of Scientology's private cruise ship has quickly become a symbol for the anti-vaccination panic in the US, and the vessel returning to its home port of Curaçao only seems to be increasing media interest. So far, Curaçao is talking tough, but Scientology has been spreading its money and influence in the Dutch islands for a long time, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
To help understand how we got here, we thought we'd provide a more complete timeline of events regarding Scientology and its sailing church. And we want to thank several people for their help on this, including Jeffrey Augustine, Eivol Ekdal, and Triumph.